\ ˈrīt-ˌhand How to pronounce right-hand (audio) \

Definition of right-hand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated on the right
3 : chiefly relied on his right-hand man

right hand


Definition of right hand (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the hand on a person's right side
b : an indispensable person
2a : the right side
b : a place of honor

Examples of right-hand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lyoya's mother, Dorcas Lyoya, sat wearing a black hoodie with her boy's photo, as his father, Peter Lyoya, who wore a white shirt also with his son’s image, cradled his head in his right hand. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 22 Apr. 2022 Shortstop Jose Barrero had surgery on March 22 to remove the hook of the hamate in his right hand. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 21 Apr. 2022 Seconds later, Smith rolled back toward Emerich and, in his right hand, pointed a handgun at the officer. Jonathan Bullington, The Courier-Journal, 1 Apr. 2022 In his right hand is a briefcase, in his left an umbrella. Sean Clancy, Arkansas Online, 21 Mar. 2022 At one point, the man in the video appears to be holding something in his right hand and eating with his left. Peter Hermann, Justin Wm. Moyer And Martin Weil, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Mar. 2022 Hall identified himself as a police officer and Wilson by that point appeared to be clutching an object in his right hand — later revealed to be a knife. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Mar. 2022 Holding a dumbbell in your right hand, extend that arm straight so that the weight is not resting on the bench, and extend your left leg back, while maintaining a flat back. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 28 Feb. 2022 Fold the corner in your right hand over the corner on your left, so the fabric on top is right-side out. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of right-hand


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Right-hand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/right-hand. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for right-hand


\ ˈrīt-ˌhand \

Kids Definition of right-hand

1 : located on the right side
3 : relied on most of all He's her right-hand man.


\ ˈrīt-ˌhand How to pronounce right-hand (audio) \

Medical Definition of right-hand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated on the right

right hand


Medical Definition of right hand (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the hand on a person's right side
2 : the right side

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